Once upon a time I decided we HAD to get the grocery budget under control. So we started really shopping the sales, particularly on the meats and dairy (we were already decent at shopping in season fruits/veggies). And so when turkeys came up for $1.46 before Thanksgiving at Giant Eagle, well we had to jump on the deal. The catch? They had to be over 18 lbs....and the only one over 18 lbs was actually 21 lbs!
My mother-in-law tackled the beast and won, perfect golden-y cooked perfection on Thanksgiving day! And it only took our ravenous horde a week to eat all the leftovers.
My beloved gray wool peacoat that I wear every day from November-March recently started losing buttons left and right. Being lazy and impractical I kept putting off replacing the buttons. Finally the 17 degree temperatures coaxed me into actually getting around to sewing on new buttons.
I chose a vibrant dark red, don't they look snazzy?!
I also did a little sewing for Daisy. I saw a pottery barn inspiration on Pinterest and created this lovely teen stocking! I love it, I'm kinda jealous.
Of course Daisy cannot read it :( But that sweet girl loved it anyway and was so happy to have her own stocking and her own ornament on our tree this year. Sometimes it's the little things.
We joined every single other family in our area at JB Tree Farm the day after Thanksgiving to cut us down a real Christmas tree!
And there were even real horses pulling the wagons to bring us out there! This horse-lover was happy to wait in the snow for 30 minutes just to ride on the horse-pulled wagon. These two Percherons were absolutely adorable, nuzzling each other whenever they stopped. And can we say HUGE!? I have ridden Percherons even and I still am awed by their sheer size every time I see them.
Unlike our in-laws, who go for the 15+ foot tree (I am not exaggerating, it goes to their ceiling in their two-storied living room), our normal ceiling height requires that we go for the more modest 7.5 ft tree. Which I happen to like just fine. This year we all decided we wanted a fir tree for less falling needles and softer needles. We also wanted it fat.
Here's our fat fir tree...
And the super-strong husband who hauled that thing to the pick-up spot no problem.
Check out Owlet and her adorable red pea coat! A hand-me-down from a friends' baby if you can believe it! The hat is handmade by my friend Wendi...also totally adorable! I on the other hand look like a dork, as usual. Just ignore me and focus on the cute baby :)
Note the happy faces and snow. Now keep that in mind while I let you know our visit to the tree farm did NOT actually go like this. This happy, snow-covered scene of actually getting the tree was sandwiched between explaining 20+ times "why" we were standing in the cold to Daisy, for whom things like getting Christmas trees are new. And then there was the end, where Gizmo decided he did not want to come back to the car with us and, rather than get in the car with Daisy's help, thew himself quite dramatically in the mud in the parking lot. I then
angrily and frustrated gently and understandingly tossed helped him into his seat and proceeded to swear under my breath offer it up to God as I attempted to buckle in the screaming child while keeping our muddy boots off the seats.
And then my friend showed up as I was stewing in the front seat. Their tree-picking adventure seemed to be much more successful, but then she doesn't have a three year old gremlin to contend with.
On that note, look at a happy T-rex! Who did NOT throw himself in the mud (Gizmo!) or complain 5 million times (Daisy!) or cry the whole way back in the wagon due to cold (Owlet!). T-rex is currently my favorite.
Now for Christmas decorations and Advent celebrations! Here's a sneak peek at our Christmas decor for the season!
Oh yeah, and it's my birthday. Check me out on facebook to see why it didn't make the 7 Quick Takes. Just check under "suckiest birthday ever"
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